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WRITER / DIRECTOR

Four teenage girls find their friendship put to the test while suspended high above Beirut on a Ferris wheel. As secrets are revealed and tensions rise, this claustrophobic drama culminates in an unexpected confession.

  Cast :    Mira Choukeir, Joyce Abou Jaoude, Bissan Ahmad, Melissa Dano.

SHOT ON LOCATION IN BEIRUT, LEBANON.

© The London Film School, 2018.

     Writer/Director :       Lara Zeidan

          Producer :            John Giordano

   Cinematographer :     Piero Cioffi

             Editor :              Emanuele Bonomi

    Sound Recordist :      Kateryna Zabulonska

       Co-producer :         Hiam Hilal

BERLINALE | Germany, 2018
Winner - 32nd Teddy Award for Best Short Film

Official Selection - Generation 14plus

ENCOUNTERS FILM FESTIVAL | UK, 2018
Winner - Chris Collins Best of British Live Action Award
Winner - NAHEMI Cinematography Award

 

 


IRIS PRIZE FESTIVAL | UK, 2018
Winner - Iris Prize

QUEER LISBOA | Portugal, 2018

Special Mention - In My Shorts

LONDON FILM WEEK | UK, 2018 

Winner - Jury Prize

Three Centimetres by Lara Zeidan Poster

- London Film Critics Circle Awards | UK, 2019

- Hamburg International Short Film Festival | Germany, 2018

- Melbourne International Film Festival | Australia, 2018
- Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival | Brazil, 2018
- Raindance Film Festival | UK, 2018
- ALCINE Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares | Spain, 2018
- ZINEBI Bilbao | Spain, 2018
- Interfilm Berlin | Germany, 2018
- St. Louis International Film Festival | USA, 2018
- Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia | Mexico, 2018
- Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema | Canada, 2018
- Edinburgh International Film Festival | UK, 2018
- Tirana International Film Festival | Albania, 2018
- Underwire Festival | UK, 2018
- PÖFF Shorts | Estonia, 2018
- Stockholm Film Festival | Sweden, 2018
- Whistler Film Festival | Canada, 2018
- NewFilmmakers Los Angeles | USA, 2018
- Adelaide Film Festival | Australia, 2018
- Heart of Gold International Film Festival | Australia, 2018
- Arab Film Festival San Francisco | USA, 2018
- Arab Film Days (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) | Germany, 2018
- British Short Films Festival Berlin | Germany, 2019
- International Women's Film Festival Köln | Germany, 2018
- Bimovie Frauenfilmreihe | Germany, 2018
- Furora Film Festival | Germany, 2018
- Portraits de Jeunesse | France, 2018

- BFI Flare | UK, 2018
- Lovers Film Festival, Torino LGBTQI Visions | Italy, 2018
- Lesbische Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | Germany, 2018
- Scottish Queer International Film Festival | UK, 2018
- Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival | Russia, 2018
- XPOSED Queer Film Festival | Germany, 2018
- Festival Mix Milano | Italy, 2018
- Gaze LGBT Film Festival | Ireland, 2018
- Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival | Hong Kong, 2018
- Slovak Queer Film Festival | Slovakia, 2018
- Queergestreift Filmfestival | Germany, 2018
- Queer Filmfest Weiterstadt | Germany, 2018
- Berlin Lesbian Non-Binary FilmFest | Germany, 2018
- Quezon City International Pink Film Festival | Philippines, 2018
- Dialogues: Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival

  (Berlinale Spotlight Showcase) | India, 2018
- Sarajevo Film Festival (LFS Showcase) | Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018
- CinemaForum Warsaw (LFS Showcase) | Poland, 2018
- Aesthetica Short Film Festival (LFS Showcase / NAHEMI) | UK, 2018
- Fastnet Film Festival (LFS Showcase) | Ireland, 2018
- Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (LFS Showcase) | Germany, 2019

BERLINALE 2018 - TEDDY AWARD JURY STATEMENT
"Lebanese female film director Lara Zeidan makes a sensitive and intimate portrait of four young female friends on a Ferris Wheel in Beirut. We share in their emotional ride of sexual understanding, as the conversation turns from a jovial discussion of virginity, to a nervous outing of homosexuality. As we listen, we realise these young women are only just beginning to explore the many layers of their own and others' identities. We are privy to a crucial life episode in which a queer individual must claim and defend her right to exist. Lara Zeidan captures this delicate moment in adolescence with subtle yet tender performances from her cast."

IRIS PRIZE 2018 - JURY STATEMENT

“Three Centimetres is such an audacious film. It’s so refreshing to hear female sexuality spoken off in such a frank and positive way, and from a female perspective. It’s visually stunning, with utterly convincing dialogue and engaging characters, and it uses the form of short film perfectly to tell its story. And it’s so nice to see a coming out story in a context and a setting that feel new. It’s like nothing we’ve seen before.”

ENCOUNTERS 2018 - JURY STATEMENT

“Skillfully shot in a single, restricted space, its genuine, considered and realistic approach to the themes of women’s sex and sexuality within a hostile social environment, were refreshing.”

 

QUEER LISBOA 2018 - JURY STATEMENT

“A cinematic exercise that through its device and dialogues manages to go from a ludic and sharing space to a claustrophobic one, thus approaching complex questions such as sexuality in a segregating culture.”

BERLINALE 2018 - TEDDY AWARD: "Interview with Lara Zeidan on Three Centimetres"

IRIS PRIZE 2018 - "Iris blogger talks to filmmaker Lara Zeidan about her Iris Prize shortlisted film"

AWFJ - "Whistler Film Festival 2018: Lara Zeidan, director of THREE CENTIMETRES"​

WE ARE MOVING STORIES - "Whistler Film Festival / NewFilmmakers Los Angeles 2018 - Three Centimetres"

BBC NEWS - "Iris Prize 2018: Lebanese woman wins Welsh LGBT+ film award"

THE GUARDIAN - London Film Critics Circle Awards Nominations

'Three Centimetres' poster. Designed by Ka Ki Wong.